Hundreds opposed unpopular plan

I refer to last week’s article in the Bexhill Observer: “Controversial plans going to the High Court”.

That is terrific news for the community which was devastated when Rother granted planning permission for blocks of retirement flats on the historic green open space - a greenfield site - after 13 years of fighting any residential development.

With greater powers to protect the environment and its listing as an Asset of Community Value in 2013, not to mention its reference in Parliament this year, it should have been even easier to refuse permission in 2014!

We are very grateful for this opportunity to thank the Bexhill Observer for its investigative journalism as a result of just an agenda item for last week’s planning committee meeting.

We also wish to record our appreciation of councillors’ comments against development.

In particular we would like to thank our ward Councillor Mrs Deirdre Williams (Independent) for speaking and voting against the proposal, our other ward Councillor Patrick Douart (Conservative) for speaking against, other Bexhill councillors for speaking and voting against (Councillor Mrs Joanne Gadd, Independent and Councillor Mrs Sue Prochak, Lib Dem) as well as Councillor Vereker (Conservative) of Burwash who spoke against.

I would like to point out that the reported 28 letters of objection (to what were amended plans) mentioned in the article were in addition to the 442 previously submitted in objection to Churchill’s proposals.

In fact the result of Bexhill Observer’s earlier poll showed a staggering 80 per cent of Bexhill’s residents were against development on this historic space which was once a public park.

That is why the Cantelupe Community Association nominated the land for registration as an Asset of Community Value as soon as new law enabled us to do so.

Interestingly even Sport England objected to the loss of a bowls green.

We now eagerly await the results of this next stage of the fight to save one of the last open spaces in the town.

DRU TRAMASEUR (MRS)

Chair

Cantelupe Community Association